Harvey Weinstein is “disappointed” by his rape conviction in Los Angeles.
On Monday, a two-month-long rape and sexual assault trial against the Miramax co-founder concluded, with a jury finding Weinstein guilty of forcible rape, forcible oral copulation, and penetration by a foreign object.
Following the verdict, a spokesperson for Weinstein released a statement to Variety, saying the former film executive was “disappointed” and planning to appeal.
“Harvey is obviously disappointed in the verdict. He knows what happened and what never did,” spokesperson Juda Engelmayer told Variety. “However, the account of Jane Doe #1 has a strong legal basis for an appeal, as the logistics of the time and location of the alleged incident make no sense.”
The statement continued, “Harvey is grateful for the jury’s work on the other counts and he’s determined to continue his legal challenges in ultimately proving his innocence.”
The Los Angeles trial rested on four women, and all three of Weinstein’s guilty convictions from the trial pertain to Jane Doe #1.
The jury could not reach verdicts on allegations made by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the wife of California Governor Gavin Newsom, and a woman known as Jane Doe 2. On those counts, a mistrial was declared.
The 70-year-old was also acquitted of sexual battery against an accuser known as Jane Doe 3.
Weinstein is already serving a 23-year prison sentence after being found guilty of rape and sexual assault in his first trial in New York two years ago.
– Cover Media